Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Kokmishka

 A delicious savory bread from Macedonia. It can be eaten with ajvar, or served by itself as an appetizer. The Feta cheese gives this a nice taste. I did not top mine with sesame seeds, but for an improved taste and nicer presentation you may use them.

Ingredients
3 tsp yeast
1 tbsp sugar
1.25 cup warm water
2 eggs
1 tbsp salt
3.5 cup flour
4 tbsp butter
4 tbsp duck or chicken fat
10 oz Feta cheese
3 tbsp sesame seeds
1 egg

Preparation
Mix the yeast, sugar, 0.25 cup flour and 1 cup warm water. Allow to bloom. Mix the softened butter and fat with the crumbled Feta.


Add two room temperature eggs, the remaining 0.25 cup water, the salt and the rest of the flour. Knead until smooth dough forms.

 

Allow to rise for about 20 minutes, then split into 6 equal portions. Roll each portion into a ball. Grease an 11x9 inch baking shape. Stretch each ball to the size of the baking shape. Spread the cheese and fat mix between the layers, as you place them into the baking shape.


The top layer should be brushed with oil, an egg wash prepared from the third egg, and finally sprinkled with sesame seeds. Let the dough rise until it fills the baking shape. Bake in a 350F oven until golden brown.

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